Aisle Style . Reception
A wooden birdcage dressed up with flowers makes a perfect gift holder. Plus, options for a bargain bar, and fun alternatives to a guest book.
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Fully stocked? Beer and wine only? Options for pleasing your guests—and pocketbook—abound.
Deciding the type of bar to have at your reception could be one of the least expensive decisions you may make—or it could a total budget buster.
A full bar appeals to a variety of tastes. However, in addition to the expense of alcohol, mixers and garnishes must be bought, and an experienced bartender must be hired, adding to the price.
To save money, many catering companies, like Food For Thought in Wilmington, will let you purchase your own alcohol for the event. “I always recommend that the family buy more than enough—from somewhere that allows refunds—saves the receipts, and return the unopened bottles after the wedding,” says owner Ben Porter. Buying your own beverages gives you the flexibility to compare prices and purchase according to your guests’ preferences.
Many brides opt for a wine and beer bar. Usually, a red wine, white wine and two beer options (one light) is enough to please everyone. “People who drink liquor are going to be all right with drinking beer and wine, too,” Porter says.
Peggy Raley, owner of Nassau Valley Vineyard in Lewes—a vineyard and reception hall—recommends a wine tasting in lieu of a full bar at cocktail hour. That reduces the number of cocktails consumed.
If beer and wine don’t seem sufficient, offer your guests a specialty drink. Raley has done many weddings with just a martini bar or with frozen mojitos in carafes at every table. Not only is this a fun way to personalize the event, it can also be economical.
As for beer, “Opt for bottled beer rather than cans,” Porter says. “Don’t make that concession.” —Sarah Spagnoli
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